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Opinion

Poor golf etiquette

Letters

To the editor: I’m not a golfer. It has always been portrayed as a “rich boys” club. My experience today has not changed that perception. I don’t have a fancy truck. It is old, has many miles, is dented and has some rust. It is a ‘97. But I take care of it and it serves me ...

The VA ‘swamp’

Editorials

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate this week. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in some ...

On behalf of all Gibbon Reds fans…

Letters

To the editor: On Tuesday evening, more than 150 Gibbon Reds fans made the trip to New Ulm for their team’s play-off game against the New Ulm Brewers. The fans arrived expecting a close game and hoping for a victory. Well, what they got was so much more… Yes, the Gibbon Reds came out ...

Congratulations, Reds

Letters

To the editor: Congratulations to the Gibbon Reds baseball team! It seems only a short time ago that Tony Stadtherr walked up to me and asked “Claus, do you think we can get a baseball team going in Gibbon?” I replied “It takes money and warm bodies.” Tony said “I’ve got the ...

Thanks, BCHS

Letters

To the editor: I would like to thank the Brown County Humane Society (BCHS) and especially Theresa Grams for their dedication to animals in need. Theresa went out of her way last week to come to our home and pick up a mother cat who was very close to having her babies. It was obvious the ...

Sham election in Venezuela

Editorials

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is well aware of the powerlessness of leaders in this country and others upset about his ongoing repression of his own people. Despite enormous oil reserves, Venezuela’s economy is a shambles and Maduro’s regime is in the process of making liberty no more ...

Off the Record: Words that will never go out of style

Columns

There are some phrases that come into style and slip right out again, like “Where’s the Beef?” or “Twenty-Three Skidoo.” (I know the origin of the first phrase, but the latter comes from the Roaring Twenties and I have no idea what it is supposed to mean.) But there’s one phrase ...

Take a break, but don’t forget Obamacare

Editorials

The realities of politics and human behavior being what they are, it is time for U.S. senators — and President Donald Trump — to take a break from attempts to reform health insurance. Emotions are running far too high to expect that holding lawmakers’ noses to the grindstone would result ...

Weeds: Listen to the kids, head ‘tside’

Columns

Pam and I are trying out this grandparenting thing. It comes highly recommended. Levi is going to be two in September. He’s the cutest kid ever. I might be biased. Daughter Anna asked if I could watch Levi for an afternoon while she visited friends in New Ulm. It turned out to be the Sunday ...

1-35 Bridge collapse forced changes

Editorials

Ten years ago today the Interstate 35 bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis suddenly shuddered and collapsed, sending dozens of cars, trucks and buses tumbling. Some stayed on the collapsed bridge decking, others tumbled into the water. A massive rescue effort began immediately, but ...

Don’t give up on Obamacare

Editorials

Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, has become the “gift” that keeps on taking. It has made obtaining health insurance more difficult and more expensive for millions of Americans. It is choking many already stressed state budgets. And it has locked in a federal deficit of ...

Could gene editing have helped Charlie?

Editorials

Little Charlie Gard passed away on Friday, a week before what would have been his first birthday. The 11-month-old British child, center of an international controversy for weeks, was moved to a hospice, where doctors planned to turn off life-support equipment. What if Charlie’s life could ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Relay for Life THUMBS UP: The Brown County Relay for Life started last night and concluded early this morning. We are sure it will be another successful fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, thanks to the hard work of all the Relay teams. We salute all who put in the work, and all who ...

Duterte’s threat

Editorials

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s frustration with Maoist terrorists in his country is understandable. When he extends an olive branch, they take bloody advantage of it. Just last week, as peace talks were going on between his government and the rebels, they attacked his presidential ...

Testing

Letters

To the editor: God is sifting the chaff from the wheat. (Deuteronomy 13:3) President Trump nominated a Christian to be secretary of the Army, Mark Green a physician who once served alongside Army Special Operations troops. He is also a Tennessee State Senator and a Christian. Mark Green ...

Koch Brothers out to gut ACA to cut their taxes

Letters

To the editor: Articles on the Guardian and Moyers and Company web sites have explored the ideology behind the Koch brothers political network and the Republican Party’s opposition to public supported heath care. They feel that any money paid for Medical Assistance and Affordable Care Act ...

Town Talk: Roadway construction projects update

Columns

Editor’s Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us. We are past the ...

Troubled Venezuela

Editorials

Quite a few countries have shaky economies, with double-digit unemployment, crumbling treasuries and even food shortages. One of them has the largest petroleum reserves in the world. It is Venezuela. Months of demonstrations in the streets have left nearly 100 Venezuelans dead and at least ...